What Do You Love About Trucking

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Rob T.'s Comment
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All too often we get people coming here sceptical of joining trucking because of all the horror stories they've heard. I thought maybe we could get a discussion going about what each of us love about this career/lifestyle.

For me I love the variety available in this field. There are a ton of types of jobs that require a class a CDL as well as freight. Some people are into physically unloading a trailer, others want the challenge of securing a load (flatbed), and others want to more or less just want to drive and swing open their doors. With the exception of hourly (primarily local) jobs you are the one who determines how much money you will make at the end of the year. An awesome perk I'm just now getting to enjoy with the new job is being out in the open road and feeling free. I'll be driving anywhere from 350 to 500 miles per day and deliver to 2 or 3 stores plus a backhaul. Having the stops allows me to get out of the truck and socialize with store staff while getting a little exercise.

What do you love most about trucking?


Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
PackRat's Comment
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Reading your posts.smile.gif

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Hey Rob, great topic. I guess I would say at this point I like the entire experience. I get to be my own boss (as a company driver), determine my own schedule and home time. But I have a huge company behind me that gives me great support and security. This is my second career and I am very happy with my choice to become a Freight Relocation Engineer.

G-Town's Comment
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I love most everything about it; the planning, driving, backing, interaction with the support team, interacting with Walmart personnel, and of course backing again (we do a lot of that).

Something to keep in mind as the replies begin to come in...the love for trucking isn’t always at first sight. It takes time... be patient in the beginning.

Gladhand's Comment
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I like that I am given my assignment then left alone. As long as I do my job right, I am not told how to do anything. It's being your own boss without the headaches of being a boss.

I basically get paid to drive around my state and listen to music. It's not necessarily that simple but in essence it is. I see myself doing this for a long time unless something else in life happens. Regardless I don't regret getting into this industry.


Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

millionmiler24's Comment
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What do you love most about trucking

This forum for sure and just bein OTR and servin this wonderful country in a civilian sense. Bein a part of an industry that is heavily relied on with the potential to help so many.


Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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I love that I get paid so much for doing so little. This is the easiest job I have ever had with the best views. I only wish i started this years ago.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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If I had to pick one, I think it would be that I am paid for what I do (performance), not what someone else thinks I do.

Of course, I’m brand new, so that may change.

I like, as others have said, that I am basically my own boss.

PJ's Comment
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I got into this to have something to do with a purpose. This is also my second career. I’ve dabbled in several areas and came back to tanker. I enjoy the challenges it presents. It keeps my mind sharp and provides a bit of exercise. I have a wonderful boss and he lets me do what I want 95% of the time. They keep me as busy as I want to be. Once in awhile they make special requests of me.. Like this week. I honor those for one very important reason, they let me run where and when I want the vast majority of the time. I decided to take my kids W/spouses and all the grandkids to the nascar race in Fontana Ca on St Patricks Day. My boss already has it penciled in and I will pull a load out there for delivery on monday after the race just down the road. He didn’t even blink when I asked if it was possible. Oh and I get paid well for doing something I enjoy... Can it get any better??


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Sonny B.'s Comment
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The Freedom

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